Sports Science Graduate Secures Degree Summa Cum Laude
Top student in UKZN’s Bachelor of Sports Science final-year programme in 2021, Ms Kelsey Swanepoel was awarded her degree summa cum laude.
Swanepoel is currently studying towards an Honours degree in Biokinetics with the aim of opening her own practice as a biokineticist.
‘I feel extremely proud of my achievement because I know the amount of work and consistent effort I put in,’ she said. ‘I never thought I would actually achieve such honours! It was definitely unexpected and I’m grateful as well as very happy,’ she said.
Swanepoel said COVID-19 had presented a huge challenge for her. ‘With Sports Science being a very practical course, not being able to physically go to campus and get involved with the practical skills and training was a hindrance and a disadvantage. To overcome this, I took on a lot of extra work which I did on my own. For example, watching videos to see practical demonstrations and then practising skills on family members when possible!’
Matriculating with five distinctions at Westville Girls’ High School, she received numerous Deans’ Commendation Awards during her university studies.
Swanepoel coaches junior level hockey at Westville.
Words: Mandisa Shozi
Photograph: Abhi Indrarajan